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"Are you sure you don't want an escort?" General Fong asked Aang, who had just set his bag down in Appa's saddle where Sokka, Katara, Yue, and Momo were waiting.
"We'll be fine," Aang replied, climbing onto Appa's head to take the reins. "It'll be easier to fly to Mount Shinsei on Appa than to travel through the mountains on foot."
The sky bison growled lightly to voice his agreement.
The general nodded up at the boy. "Good luck. I hope Avatar Roku is able to provide the guidance you need to get into the Avatar State."
"Thanks, I hope so too. See you all soon!" he called out to the general and his troops. "Yip yip!"
Seconds later, Appa was ascending to the sky. The sun was shining and there were only a few clouds; it was perfect weather for flying. The young airbender actually felt somewhat optimistic about this latest journey.
As the flight leveled out, Katara leaned over the front end of the saddle to talk to Aang. "I'm glad you decided to ask Roku about this, Aang,
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The imperial firebenders led by Prince Zuko's captain came to a stop at the center of the small Earth Kingdom village. The villagers looked upon the men uneasily as their komodo rhinos snorted and pawed at the earth beneath them. Azula and Ty Lee were still off to the side of the road and had not been spotted. The girls watched, waiting to see what would happen.
"What do you want with us?" a stout man with shaggy black hair called out as he stepped in front of them, stomping his foot into the ground and levitating a rock in front of him.
The captain's eyes narrowed as he looked down his nose at the earthbender. "We're looking for fugitives. Have any visitors since last night?"
"No, there's been no one," he replied, his voice hard. "Now leave."
The captain knew it was entirely possible that the trail they had picked up could have belonged to someone else. Still, he had to be sure. No way these peasants would stick their necks out for Fire Nation citizens even if they w
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It was almost dawn when Zuko's men arrived back at Wendu Harbor, soaked and empty-handed. They knew their prince would not be pleased, but they had lost Azula and Ty Lee's trail and were unable to pick it up again in the darkness and foul weather.
They arrived to find Prince Zuko waiting for them at the entrance to the port's town with several soldiers alongside him. He was obviously unhappyarms folded across his chest and a frown on his facewhen it was clear that his men had failed in their task.
"I thought I told you not to come back without the traitors," he growled at his captain as they approached.
"We were unable to stay on their trail with all the rain"
"I don't want to hear your excuses!" he shouted, interrupting the man. "Take the komodo rhinos, get back out there, and find them!"
His captain gulped and bowed. "By your will, Prince Zuko."
Azula cracked her eyes open as the first rays of the sun trickled in through t
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As the sun disappeared below the horizon, rain began to fall in the northwestern Fire Colonies. Thunder rumbled in the distance, and the waves of the sea grew more tumultuous. A row of Empire Class Battleships lined the shores of Wendu Harbor.
Most of the soldiers from Zukos fleet had departed from their vessels and were beginning to settle into the various inns of Wendu Harbor. It was a colony portnestled between the coastline and the densely wooded forests of the Earth Kingdomthat was designed for soldiers and sailors stopping for a respite, and they had anticipated Prince Zuko and his fleets arrival. Zuko himself had already settled into the most luxurious of quarters available with his Imperial Firebenders stationed near every exit.
Ty Lee had lingered on the ship during that time. She had slipped below deck and watched from a storage room while Chief Arnook, Hahn, and several other high-ranking warriors were escorted one-by-one from the br
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Aang lay in his bed, staring up at the ceiling. It had been another long day of trying to bring on the Avatar State. So far, nothing had worked. It was frustrating to say the least.
The first day, one of the instructors that taught at Fongs base had tried giving him a rare chi-enhancing tea. In ordinary benders, it increased energy ten-fold. The thinking was, since Aang was the Avatar, it might trigger the Avatar State.
He had felt a rush of energy a few minutes after consuming the beverage. It felt incredible, but he ended up in a perpetual state of motion, and the next few hours were spent doing all kinds of airbending moves and attempting to engage in conversation. He couldnt seem to keep his attention on any one thing for long, but he was pretty sure at the time that he hadnt entered the Avatar State.
Afterward, he had crashed hard from his high and felt extremely irritable. He spent the rest of the evening alone in his room as the last of the he
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Early the next morning, the gang began the remainder of their journey. Aang was in better spirits due to Kataras reassurances and willingness to help him continue his waterbending training. Sokka continued to be Yues pillar of strength. Because of this, the princess found that she wanted to be strong for the group too, and tried to focus on the present and what could hopefully be done for the future. Like Katara had said, the war wasnt over yet. There was still hope.
By late afternoon, they arrived at General Fongs basea large, white, circular fortress built into the mountains of the Earth Kingdom. At the center of the fortress was a tower five stories high.
Look, there it is! We finally made it guys, Sokka said, pointing at the structure ahead. From his spot atop Appas head, Sokka could make out a small group of men waving at them from the towers top, indicating where the sky bison should land.
Moments later, Appa
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Fire Lord Ozai,
I hope that this letter finds you well.
I am writing to let you know that our invasion of the Northern Water Tribe was a success. The battle was won in only three days time. Admiral Zhaos information about the spirits proved to be correct, and by capturing them, we were able to gain a quick and decisive victory. Every single member of the tribe has either been eliminated or imprisoned.
As planned, Commander Yao and a fleet of warships will remain in these waters now that this is officially Fire Nation territory.
Admiral Zhao will be overseeing the transport of the majority prisoners to the newly built concentration camps on Jian Island. The desert and ample sun should crush their spirit if it hasnt been already.
Unfortunately, not all the news I have to tell you is good. Just as our intelligence reports stated, the Avatar was here at the North Pole. However, the banished Princes Azula was here as well. She prevented me from taking the Av
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Admiral Zhao, now that the spirits have been contained, I want you to finish overseeing the capture of the waterbenders. Kill anyone who resists, Zuko ordered. Ill finish things up in here.
Yes, Prince Zuko, the man replied before turning to rejoin his men on the battlefield.
Captain, bring me the crates, Zuko ordered the leader of his Imperial Firebenders. The man stepped beside his prince and placed two small metal boxessix inches wide and four inches deepon the ground. He then opened the tops of them. Put some water in them. Not too much. He did as commanded, pouring water from his waterskin until there was an inch of liquid in each.
Good, Zuko said with a nod. He then dropped each koi fish from their pouches into separate crates. The fish flopped on their sides, trying to gather oxygen from the water into their starved gills. The prince watched them for a moment, satisfied, b